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that does it for me. thanks for watching. i'll see you back here next weekend at 5:00 p.m. eastern. my colleague alicia menendez picks up our news coverage now. >> thanks so much, rev. hello, everyone. i'm alicia menendez. we begin with new bad blood between republicans and new fire from donald trump toward his own party and democrats. like only trump can, the former president called for unity by swearing and throwing insults at his political friends and foes. it all happened at the rnc spring retreat last night at mar-a-lago. a true who's who of the gop's wealthiest donor whose came to schmooze with the president and hear how the party is spending their money. but as with all things trump, it didn't go according to plan.
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once he hit the mic, trump reportedly let loose on republicans who still have a job in washington. including the nation's most powerful republican, mitch mcconnell. trump called him a loser and a dumb s.o.b. he attacked his former vice president, saying he was, quote, disappointed that mike pence did the right thing and certified the 2020 election results. and he, of course, spewed more of the big lie about who won the 2020 election. trump's ranting and raving simply too much for some in the crowd. here's house republican conference chair liz cheney earlier today. >> the former president is using the same language that he knows provoked violence on january 6th. we know as a party we need to be focused on the future. we need to be focused on embracing the constitution, not embracing insurrection. >> as republicans attempt to move on without their man, without the ability to even put
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trump's name on a coffee mug, a hat, or a t-shirt, republicans appear to be turning into the party of no, again. going back to their obama era basics of obstruction instead of being willing to negotiate and legislate in good faith. starting us off this hour, juanita tolliver is a democratic strategist, suhill kapoor is a national political reporter, and philip bump, national correspondent for "the washington post." philip, i'm not surprised trump went after mcconnell the way he did, but as we try to assess where this version of the republican party is headed, what does it say about trump's influence and how if you were some of the republican senators that are still cozying up to him who were down there in florida, how can you maintain both a loyalty to donald trump and a loyalty to mitch mcconnell, who you're going to need if you're up for re-election? >> yeah, i think to some extent, this is the same dance that republicans have engaged in for the past five years. this is republicans are having to deal with a president trump who is going solo, saying his
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own things, still commands a strong support from the republican base, but they still need to do what they have been doing. which is to try to work with mcconnell to pass legislation. i don't think, unless you were just elected in 2020 and starting 2021, you're probably used to this by now. and i don't know as well, i mean, one of the things that's important to keep in mind is while this is familiar to them, donald trump's position is much diminished after his having left office. it is not the case that he's on twitter. he's not going to rail against you on twitter or on facebook right now. he may send out a little press release that ends up on twitter via his staff anyway, but it's just a threat isn't quite the same. i think we're starting to see some of the reaction here is a lot of, here we go again, as opposed to shaking in their boots. >> i take philip's point that they may be accustomed to it, this may be the same dance they have been doing for long time. the difference is now we're watching how that is playing out
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legislatively given we have a democratic president and the possibility of legislation actually moving through congress, so that to me seems to be part of what has changed. in addition to that, you have trump going after mike pence, as i said, saying he was disappointed in his former vp. that, again, on its face, not surprising to me, but notable that it happened the same day that you had the a.p. reporting that pence tried to assert control at the capitol on january 6th. if these republicans are trying to avoid a primary in 2022 or trying to stay in the mix for 2024, there are a lot of names with an eye on 2024, shouldn't the lack of loyalty to mike pence from donald trump be a cautionary tale to them? >> it should be. and it is a credible threat from the former president. mike pence spent four years being not only loyal but studiously loyal. acousively loyal at times. to donald trump, and he seems to be on the outs clearly because he did not go along with an effort to essentially overturn
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the results of an election, which mike pence didn't have the power to to as vice president anyway, and this does put a number of republicans in a box, including those who are up for re-election in 2022. senators like john thune, who are caught between that loyalty to mcconnell and loyalty to trump, it's a tricky need frl him to thread. he's not even announced if he's going to run. chuck grassley has not announced. any republican who wants to run in 2024 is going to have to deal with throngs of trump supporters who replay loyal to him, according to poll after poll, overwhelmingly support trump to be on the ballot again and want thime be the nominee again. it's not clear he'll run again in 2024 for president, but he'll either do that or try to play a king maker role in the party. he started off the few months of the biden presidency quiet, but he's dialing it up more lately with more political statements. >> so juanita, philip, sahill,
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they both laid out what republicans are up against, what the equation is for them, this event at mar-a-lago was a big donor event. instead of talking about how to win back the white house and congress, jow the former president focusing on his grievances, on retribution. one attendee told politico the speech was, quote, horrible, long, and dower. it didn't focus on the positive things trump had done. there's just, as usual, no real strategy here. i wonder both how that complicates republican attempts to convince donors that their dollars are actually going towards any type of strategy and also when you flip that, how democrats take advantage of that void? >> look, alicia, it's deeply complex, and it's honestly like a messy relationship where no party wants to be there. we know the republican party doesn't want anything to do with trump meddling in their leadership, and trump is only using this platform because he knows registered republican voters is what allows him to
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flex his muscle on the republican party like he just did. what i think we're going to see next is this competition that's going to continue where you have the republican infrastructure trying to raise money, trying to set up operations looking to 2022, and trump is going to continue to be a foil for them. it's not something that they're going to be able to get rid of, especially when i think it was recently reported that he has raised more than the rnc recently for his new projects and his new ventures. and so trump is not going away for this republican party. i think what we can expect is more of this infighting because what he's doing is creating distractions and diversions for the republican party, which are absolutely going to continue to show up in 2022, as he continues to endorse primary challengers and create issues for republicans who are seeking re-election, like murkowski or like the georgia state secretary, raffensperger. he's ready to be here, and i don't think the republican party is going to be able to shake him. >> philip, part of why i find
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all this interesting when you zoom out is because we know that we are watching a political realignment here, and some of those contours are still coming into focus well after the 2020 election. for example, your colleagues at the post reporting today that you have more than 100 corporate executives holding a call to discuss halting donations and investments to counter the controversial voting bills being passed across the country. a lot of attention in georgia, but it's also happening in texas, arizona, florida. pretty significant big news. how do you see corporate americas advocacy impacting the voter rights agenda? we have seen some states begin to modulate what they're doing based on what they saw coming out of georgia, but also, how does it position the republican party if you have corporate executives lining up across to counter them? >> well, a couple things. the first is that you're right, we have seen, i think an unrecognized point is that the
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georgia law which passed was much less severe than the law which was originally proposed. that was a largely a function of public pressure. i don't know that that was necessarily primarily corporate pressure, but obviously, there was corporate pressure that has been brought to bear on georgia, in which i think a lot of other states are going to look at. part of it absolutely is the nature of corporate america's relationship with politics is changing, for a variety of reasons, including the corporate employees are more active in demanding their leadership take a role, and because the leaders themselves tend to be more college educated and of the type of person or american which is already shifting to the left as we have seen over the course of the last four or five years. at its core, what we're seeing now is a party that in 2020 made the decision to simply say we're fully on board with donald trump's agenda and don't have an agenda of our own. what that means. and that's literally, we all know there was no party platform in 2020 beyond whatever donald trump says goes, essentially. and so what they're doing is now because they don't have their own platform, because they don't
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have their own identity of what they want to be driving forward, they're still being reactive to what donald trump is saying. what is he saying inthe election was stolen, which is very much not true, but they're still responding to that because that's what the base expects theme say. what they're trying to do is pived on corporations and saying we're now the working class party and the democrats are the party of corporations. if that is the realignment they actually want to have happen, which i'm sure mitch mcconnell is not enthusiastic about, it will take a while before they actually get there. >> you have former house speaker john boehner making headlines ahead of the release of his book this week, in it, he criticized not just trump but a lot of republicans like ted cruz, of whom he said this -- >> i don't beat anybody up. it's not really my style, except that jerk. perfect symbol of getting elected, make a lot of noise, draw a lot of attention to yourself, raise a lot of money, which means you're going to make more noise, raise more money,
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and it's really -- it's unfortunate. >> where was this version of john boehner when he was speaker? >> two ways to look at that one, alicia. the john boehner story and what his allies would say is he was working behind the scenes to go after what he called the crazy wing of the party, that he was doing things like reaching out to roger ailes and trying to get him and fox news and primetime to stop airing their grievances and stop giving voice to them. he was trying to keep extremists like michele bachmann off the ways and means committee at the time, so they will argue he was attempting to use his power to push back on this wing. there's another theory here of political historians which is that boehner essentially built a bridge between the old school institutionalist republican party and today's trump style republican party by embracing the smash mouth politics of newt
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gingrich, which was in many ways a precursor. there was a remarkable point in his book when he talks about how house republicans decided to impeach bill clinton because they thought it would win them house seats, and boehner went along with it. he made his compromises along the way, and whether you land on whether he's a victim or a participant in the development of the modern republican party probably depends on your perspective there. >> extraordinarily diplomatic, my friend. juanita, since we have sahil talking about building bridges within the republican party, that brings me to infrastructure, the task that biden administration is up against. i want you to take a listen to what secretary buttigieg said earlier today about republican opposition. >> we don't have a lot of work to do to persuade the american people that u.s. infrastructure needs major improvement. the american people already know it, and that's one of the reasons why there's such extraordinary republican and independent and democratic support for this package among the american people.
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>> i mean, this brings us back, juanita, to a very common theme that we keep circlic back to, this idea of defining bipartisanship as what the american people support rather than what lawmakers on capitol hill support. the theory of that, though, is that if you get enough republicans in people's district saying hey, are you going to sign on to this infrastructure deal, then that begins to move them in the direction of actually coming to the table. is it your sense, is there any sign republicans will be swayed by that broad public support that you have secretary buttigieg referencing there? >> i sadly don't think so, alicia. especially given what we saw in the run-up to the passing of the american rescue plan. which all parties involved knew the american public needed immediate direct help, yet the republican party stonewalled it, tried to offer really low options for the white house to consider that weren't even realistic in providing any direct aid. so what we're going to see is that same playbook.
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they're going to go to the white house and try to offer nickels and dimes here when the american public after experiencing this pandemic knows full well that the systems are not in place to provide for them and to allow them to function in our economy in a substantive way. i'm thinking specifically of women who were forced out of the workforce because of lack of care, people who were forced out of the workforce due to lack of elder care or paid leave and other matters that we know the american public supports overwhelmingly. i believe secretary buttigieg also mentioned the fact that there is support here from republican voters for infrastructure investment that will directly benefit them. so i do think there is an opportunity here for grassroots engagement, knowing that the timeline for this bill is, as we heard speaker pelosi mention last week, will likely go through august. and so there is an opportunity to really rally support here. will republicans listen to it? whether it's democrats or republicans calling their office, doubtful. >> sahil, philip, juanita, thank you for kicking us off.
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>> next, derek chauvin's murder trial, a preview of week three as anticipation grows over one question. will the former officer accused of killing george floyd take the stand? plus, what happens if the united states hits a vaccine wall? msnbc's new medical contributor will tell us as the cdc warns of a dangerous variant spreading across the country. and in great britain, the queen's son reveals how the world's longest serving monarch is coping with the loss of her husband. as we get new dales about prince philip's funeral. plus, a reunion ten years in the making. a side of america's immigration story we rarely see, when "american voices" continues after this quick break. bacteria magnet, putting natural teeth at risk. new polident propartial helps purify your partial and strengthens and protects natural teeth. so, are you gonna lose another tooth? not on my watch!
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demands for change today in the streets of st. paul, minnesota. protesting lives lost to police violence. it was one of several rallies organized this weekend as the
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murder trial of former police officer derek chauvin continues to shine a spotlight on police brutality. testimony in chauvin's trial resumed tomorrow. week three kicks off with heart specialist dr. jonathan rich. he'll take the stand for the prosecution, which is expected to rest its case in the coming days. joining me now, former u.s. attorney and msnbc contributor joyce vance. he's a law professor at the university of alabama. also with us, former prosecutor udeep tawalde. joyce, the prosecution could rest its case as soon as tuesday. where do you think their focus will be? >> well, the prosecution, as we all know, bears the burden of convincing every member of the jury beyond a reasonable doubt of the defendant's guilt. so they'll continue to hit hard on this issue of causation. it seems very simple when we're all being armchair prosecutors. we see the video and we don't
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see how the jury could have any doubt, but it's the defense's job to create that. they'll try to do that in their case, so the prosecution will continue to hammer home the moral certainty that it's derek chauvin who was responsible for george floyd's death, that had chauvin not sat on his neck and his back for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, he would have walked away alive from that encounter. >> so to that point about creating some sense of doubt, the defense will recall minneapolis officer nicole mckenzie on tuesday. here's what she said on the stand this past week. >> if you're trying to be heads down on a patient that you need to render aid to, it's very difficult to focus on that patient while there's other things around you. if you don't feel safe around you. >> does it make it more difficult to assess a patient? >> it does. >> does it make it more likely that you may miss signs that a
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patient is experiencing something? >> yes. >> and so the distraction can actually harm the potential care of the patient? >> yes. >> what does this tell us about the defense's line of argument? >> that it's actually unreasonable. their job is to raise reasonable doubt and to blame a crowd of bystanders who were literally shouting for help, someone to help george floyd, is an insult to anyone's intelligence. you can see in the video, clear as day, that no one attempted to get close to the officers. no one attempted to throw things at the officers. they were -- they literally were just saying words. i'm sure officers have to deal with way more than that on their everyday duties in their job. here is the thing. you had george floyd on the ground, face down, with his hands behind his back. in handcuffs, not resisting.
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this crowd that the defense is claiming, you know, might have distracted derek chauvin, you had officers, multiple officers, say that even if there was a crowd, yelling obscenities, they would not have been distracted. maybe derek chauvin shouldn't have been a police officer if he's so easily distracted by words. again, if you watch the video, because the video is the most, i think, powerful tool in the prosecution's arsenal. if you watch the video, derek chauvin is relaxed. he has his hands in his pockets. he doesn't look stressed at all, doesn't look distracted at all. that argument falls flat. i would suggest to the defense to focus their arguments on what they may actually raise doubt on, causation. that's where they need to spend the most time. >> right. joyce, the key question here, what caused george floyd's death. the prosecution is making the case it was oxygen deprivation. take a listen.
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>> when you watch those videos and we go through them, what is his respiration? he's breathing. he's talking. he's not snoring. he is saying please, please, get off of me. i want to breathe. i can't breathe. that is not a fentanyl overdose. that is someone begging to breathe. >> there was nothing sudden about his death. so that's what i would have expected if it was a cardiac arrythmia or abnormal beating of the heart. there's no evidence to suggest he would have died that night except for the interactions with law enforcement. >> joyce, when it comes to this question of causation, has the prosecution left any room for doubt? >> of course, that's always up to the jury, that's why we have juries in the first place, to decide these disputed issues of fact. but the government has done a really immaculate job of putting on the evidence, starting with a
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pulmonary expert who did a great job of helping the jury actually get into george floyd's shoes and go through the really painful experience of feeling what he felt. that's a difficult sort of a maneuver to pull off with a jury. and the prosecution did it very well. it was a really good lead-in to the testimony from the medical examiner where there's been a little bit of dispute because the sitting medical examiner did not go all the way to backing up the prosecution's case and saying directly that it was asphyxia as a result of what the police did. but his testimony on the stand went as well as it could have. his predecessor, the woman who trained him, testified in a compelling fashion, and the prosecution elicited really important testimony that chauvin remained in position on top of george floyd for 2 minutes and 44 seconds after the paramedics said they no longer felt a pulse. although that will go to issues
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involving chauvin's intent, that will also, i think, help be the icing on the cake for the prosecution's case for causation. that he knew that he was impairing george floyd's life, that he stayed there, he didn't even get up after it was clear that he was close to, if not, deceased. the evidence here came in in a really extraordinarily successful fashion for the prosecution. >> there is what's happening in that courtroom and then there are of course much bigger cultural questions happening in the background. you have msnbc legal analyst paul butler writing, i think officers who are testifying want to model what good cops look like, both for the jury and the public in contrast to chauvin. do you agree with his assessment? what makes this moment different than past police involved murder cases? >> well, i have never seen officers testify against another colleague. it's one thing to have paid
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experts on use of force, and then another to have actual colleagues from the department that the defendant works out of or used to. so when you have them, the police chief himself coming on the stand and saying what derek chauvin did to george floyd was a complete departure from the department's policies and chaining, absolutely, i think this is most certainly a different case than what we have seen in the past. i know a lot of people are skeptical of getting a guilty verdict because of what we have experienced in the past. people say what about the vid joe? we had video before of crimes happening and still rendering a not guilty, but what makes this case different is the fact that you have multiple officers, colleagues, former officers, current officers, training officers, who are coming in and saying derek chauvin was wrong here. and what we would have done under those same circumstances would have been different. and not only that, you actually have a 9 minute and 29 second video. this isn't a split second
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decision that this officer had to make. this isn't a video where some object is mistaken to be a weapon. we have someone who is literally on camera for over 9 minutes who could have changed the circumstances at any given moment. and so this case is different. and i do agree with that, that article of paul butler, and i think this will change how policing is done. i do believe that the dialogue is going to be furthered. and hopefully there are some real true reforms. >> we're going to pick up this part of the conversation a little later in the show. i hope you'll join us for that. joyce and yodit, thank you for your time. >> next, the cdc reveals a koefd variant is spreading across the coun as some americans are refusing the vaccine. >> and later, ciara alagreea hughes on her new book, my brokenlong wj, ahead of the highly anticipated film adaptation of in the heights. stick around for that.
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signs american life is returning to some sense of normal. like in new york city, where subway riper should reached 2 million last week for the first time since the city lockdown one years ago. while, yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel, we are not out of the woods. take michigan where we're seeing a seven fold increase in infections compared to february. some 7,000 new cases being reported dally. then there's flat out refusal to get vaccinated by some americans. data from cnn shows 40% of u.s. marines are refusing the shots. fearing the vaccines were developed too quickly. and we're see aglot of that across the southern states, too, where axios reports a slowing demand for vaccine doses. all of it concerning news with new variants spreading fast from coast to coast. >> based on our most recent
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estimates from cdc surveillance, the b-117 variant is now the most common lineage circulating in the united states. testing remains an important strategy to rapidly identifying and isolate infectious individuals, including those with variants of concern. >> with us now, dr. uche blackstock, the founder and ceo of advancing health equisy, and lucky for us, as of today, dr. blackstock is an msnbc medical contributor. i can't tell you, dr. blackstock, how happy i am that i got to be the one to share that news with our viewers. welcome to the msnbc family. you heard the cdc director talking about the uk variant, as cases continue to rise in michigan. in new jersey. the headline in this weekend's "washington post" warns the rise in variants will define the next phase of the pandemic. what are we looking at in the near term? >> well, thank you so much for having me on, alicia. especially today.
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you know, i would say we are at another very critical point where we're seeing in michigan could be a har binger of what other states are to expect, and it's really unclear why michigan is the hot spot right now. it may be because it was one of the first states to have the b-117 variant. also because there's relaxation of restrictions, as well as the fact that michigan just did so well with those restrictions in place that they may have a more vulnerable population. so a lot of different reasons why, and i think that we still have to be on guard, even though we have that light at the end of the tunnel. i think ultimately, it will be up to both individual will as well as political will as to whether leaders will put those restrictions back in place. >> there was a report out earlier this week that when i saw just knocked the wind out of me, showing that black children account for 20% of the kids who
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lost a parent to covid. they account for 14% of the total child population in the u.s. you have been ringing the bell on equity since the beginning of this pandemic. when you see numbers like this, what do they tell you? >> this is just absolutely devastating. we know that black communities, other communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic health wise, economic wise, and now psychologically. i feel like almost we're going to have this lost generation of children who have not only lost their elders but also their parents. and we know that with parental trauma, there are increased risks of depression, ptsd, post traumatic stress syndrome, and those children are more likely to experience economic insecurity, and so i think we're going to need this administration as well as future administrations to make sure we're tracking these children, providing them with both the psychological and economic resources that they'll need to
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thrive in the future. >> especially because this crisis is not yet in our rear view. as more and more people get the vaccine, we're also hearing about breakthrough infections, people testing positive after getting the shot. we know the shot is not 100% effective, that a booster may be needed, but what does this mean about our behavior and how we all need to look at a return to normal? >> well, what i will say is that that return to normal may not come as quickly as we would like. however, i think it will come in a step-wise fashion. what we need to do is while we're vaccinating as many people as possible, we also need to control the number of cases and the degree of spread. so with both those, we can reach herd immunity faster. but again, we need everyone to realize that they have a part in this. and that, you know, we're not saying don't do things that you enjoy. but we're saying to avoid high
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risk activities, and maybe just do low and medium risk. but we need to really get through these next few months until we have a more significant percentage of the population vaccinated as well as cases under control. >> georgia this week became the third state to shut down a johnson & johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions were reported. north carolina, colorado have done the same. how concerned should americans be about these reactions? what more do they need to know about them? >> well, what i will say is for now, these reactions are quite rare. i know that they may seem very scary to the public, but when we look at the number of people who have received the johnson & johnson vaccine, these occurrences are, again, quite relatively rare. what we'll need is for the fda, cdc, to continue to monitor the effects of these vaccines. we know that most of the side
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effects occur immediately after getting them, but i will say overall, the data that we have, and again, it's been given to millions of people, are quite safe. but again, we need to continue to follow how people respond to these vaccines. >> all right, dr. blackstock, congratulations. welcome, and thank you so much for being with us tonight. coming up, the queen's son prince andrew revealing a side of his mom the world rarely sees. a vulnerable monarch coping with loss, as london and the world prepares to say good-bye to prince philip. and later, a minute-by-minute look at the january 6th riot through the eyes of those who stormed the capitol. a preview of richard engel's special report airing tonight right here on msnbc. walk it off look one more mile look reply all look own your look... ...with fewer lines. there's only one botox® cosmetic. it's the only one... ...fda approved... ...to temporarily make frown lines... ...crow's feet...
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tonight, the queen's son is revealing how the world's longest serving monarch is coping with the loss of her husband, prince philip. as we learn new details about what to expect next weekend when the royal is remembered and laid to rest. the latest from nbc's rafael sanchez reporting tonight from windsor, england. >> we saw a rare public appearance today by prince andrew, the queen's third child. he appeared in front of the cameras here in windsor to pay tribute to his late father, prince philip, and he also gave us an insight into how his mother, the queen, is holding up after losing her husband of 73
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years. >> the queen, as you would expect, is incredibly stoic person. and she described his passing as a miracle. she described it as having left a huge void in her life. but we, the family, the ones that are closer, are rallying around to make sure that we're there to support her. >> now, all day, preparations have been under way here at windsor castle for next saturday's funeral. we have seen a crane operating inside the castle grounds, generators have been moving in. this is going to be a very different funeral to what was planned before the covid pandemic. the public is not going to be able to attend in any form. in fact, there are only going to be 30 guests inside of st. george's chapel for the funeral itself. now, among those guests, we are expecting prince harry. but he's going to have to
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♪♪ >> quiara alegria hudes is a
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pulitzer prize winning playwright, she wrote "in the heights" and now she's telling her own coming of age story. chiara alegria hudes joins me now. what was it like to work on a a identity and the past proliferation of communities of color but writing it during the trump years when many americans were for the first time fully confronting the depths of racism and dana phobia in the country? >> it's true. kind of forgotten i did start writing that during that presidency, and i think the need was very palpable and urgent for me to create a safe space where i could center my own truth, my own joy, my latina and puerto rican values instead of feeling marginalized, create a space that centers those things and discusses our values and became
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this book "my broken language." >> that's right. show the book as many times as you can. you know i think about the fact that you have called so much of your personal story of your family's story, but always raw writing fiction, and so i wonder for you are as you took on the task of writing this memoir, what's was it like to draw the pretense of fiction? >> very scary, because -- also exciting -- i was thinking for many years about something that i've kind of, i'm loosely calling cultural records, equality. in my youth i experienced cultural records inequality. my community stories were not out there in the record. >> i think i might have lost you. i'm going to wait -- i got you back. sorry. keep going. i think i've got you back.
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no. i do not. she was talking about cultural records of quality, something we have talked about before and i think it's fundamentally fascinating, this idea who's story is captured, whose story is shared. did i lose you for good? try one more time. >> i'm still here. thank you. >> you can come back another time -- oh good. you're there. yes! always terrifying when i lose you and so much fun when you come back. talking about culture records equality an idea i love. and i 4r0679 her then. okay. i'm going to bring her back because this is a conversation that you do not want to miss and in the meanwhile, be sure to check out her new memoir. "my broken language" out now. in the next hour we look at recent rages of outrage politics within the republican party. the gop appears to be rolling back the right of the most
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a new hour, a new focus on gop efforts to take away rights of certain americans. using laws to stir up fear about some of us while keeping others from voting.
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where does it stop? plus, it's week three of proceedings for the man charged with killing george floyd, and the jury's verdict expected to reverberate beyond minneapolis. we have new details ahead for you about that now viral video from virginia showing police holding a member of our military at gunpoint for pepper spraying him during a traffic stop. back to work in washington. congress returns to the hill this week with a mission to address immigration. welcome to a new hour of "american voices." we begin with a new warn tock the gop as several republican state houses craft new distractions through law from social issues to american rights including voting. tonight news that corporate america is band together to fight back against laws like the one in georgia making it harder
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to vote. as the saying goes, money talks and a conference held halting to support to politicians that pass restrictive measures. that is great advocates told corporate america will go further issues similar threats to states targeting rights of lgbtq americans bringing us to arkansas. gop legislature defied its own governor actin enacting gender affirming health care for. >> translator: youth. not a bold act of courage from the governor. hutchinson had no problem signing bills banning trans girls from women's sports, allowing doctors to refuse treating trans people because it violates their religious beliefs. the governor explained himself this morning on "meet the press." >> the third one was not well done. it did not protect the youth.
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it interfered with the government getting in to the lives of transgender youth as well as their parents and decisions that doctors made. to me it's about compassion, but also about making, having the laws make sense and in a limited role of government. >> it is not just arkansas. republicans in more than 30 states introduced similar bills targeting trans kids and trans teens. which presents a big question for the party that touts itself on wanting limited government. why are they so determined to meddle in the lives of their. >> translator: constituents? inventing a problem to whip up a cultural world they are convinced will rebound to their benefits. they don't have anything else to win on. they aren't fighting for better health care and turning to

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